I actually saw, not just hear, Pull Me Under on some video TV show. From the first few notes, I knew this band is different.
I have to disagree, if you're complaining about a 2 hour show being too short, they'd you'd absolutely hate Van Halen! Most concerts by big name bands are usually 1.5 hours these days, and with the prices they charge, yeah I'd have an issue with that.
As with the second part, DT never struck an emotional chord with me either, even back in the day. I've always hoped they'd write their "Spirit of the Radio". But I caught myself with this expectation. DT never will! They are the technical progressive metal masters they are, and I should appreciate them for that. They don't have Neil Peart or Roger Waters writing lyrics for them, it's not their forte.
I wanted to hate Dramatic Turn of Events, but after a few listens, it's grown on me, and I like it. It is what it is, mind blowing musicianship.
Maybe Mike Mangini will have a hand in writing the next album and we'll see some sort of evolution, but don't expect revolution. As a drummer, nobody can touch Mangini. He's THAT good!
So you'll just have to appreciate them for what they are.
Damn...when was the last time they played New York City? I'm sure they'd sell out Radio City Music Hall!
You don't want to hear 6:00, As I Am and Pull Me Under? Ok, I wouldn't miss Pull Me Under so much, but As I Am is a great tune, as well as 6:00!!!
What songs did you want to hear?
DT usually plays over 2 hours of wall to wall music, so I'm usually fairly satisfied with the set list. Their tradition of playing their entire newest album is getting tougher to live with now that their in the double-digits.